THE ELECTRIC POWER INDUSTRY IN COMMUNIST CHINA.
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL STUDIES DIV
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Certain characteristics of electricity have made it the major form of industrial energy in this century. It is flexible, clean, easy to use, simple to transmit, and efficient. It plays a major role in the production of light metals--e.g., aluminum, titanium, and magnesium--and is the basis for the electronics industry and for automation. Electricity is also needed for uranium separation in atomic development and heavy-water manufacture. These are important factors for any modern society, and Communist China is no exception. However, because of the paucity of economic data from mainland China since 1960, we know very little about the current state of Chinas electric power industry. This paper, therefore, attempts to evaluate the electric power industry in Communist China, focusing on the generating capacity existing in 1964, the output and uses of electric power in 1964, and the projected output through 1975. Since no concrete data were available from official Chinese sources, we have had to derive our estimates by indirect means. The conclusions drawn must, therefore, be regarded as tentative in nature and subject to error. Author
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Electric Power Production and Distribution